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Heart Failure Outcomes

What is heart failure (HF)?

Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. It is usually a long-term (chronic) condition, but it can sometimes develop suddenly.

Why is this important to you as a patient?

When someone is experiencing heart failure, timely, clear-cut treatment is critical. Evidence has shown that patients who received specific treatments and medications at certain times experienced the best outcomes. These treatments are called “process of care measures” and reflect our commitment to excellent patient care.

We use the Heart Failure Process of Care Measures to determine the quality of care for patients who are admitted to the hospital for the treatment of heart failure.

Our Results

Heart Failure Process of Care Measures UF Health Shands Hospital State Average National Average
Percent of heart failure patients given discharge instructions 92% 96% 94%
Percent of heart failure patients given an evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) function 100% 100% 99%
Percent of heart failure patients given ACE inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD) 100% 98% 97%

How do we compare?

The comparisons show our outcomes compared to the state and nation’s hospitals average.

UF Health Shands Hospital exceeds the national average of heart failure standards achieved by the nation’s top hospitals for evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic function and administration of an ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction.

You may view the details for each measurement by visiting the Health and Human Services website called “Hospital Compare.” 

Mortality within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Mortality rate is an indicator of excellent patient care.

Results

Heart Failure Mortality

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare?

The comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is slightly lower than the nation for heart failure mortality.

Readmission within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be admitted to the hospital again. A readmission can often be prevented with a well communicated plan that includes patients and families. A lower number indicates more efficient and effective care process.

Results

Heart Failure readmission graph

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare outcomes?

The comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is slightly higher than the national average for readmission.